Wed, Jan. 14, 8:30pm EST - 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' by The Beatles

"Album Night" returns! We'll be starting off 2015 with the album that ranks #1 on Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all time.  What does that really mean?  Well it means we can listen to the album and debate whether or not we agree with Rolling Stone's assessment.  Of course the album in question is Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.

Released on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper's was the culmination of over 400 hours of  time spent in the studio by the fab four.  By abandoning a hectic touring schedule, The Beatles were able to spend those countless hours writing and recording one of the most enduring works of art that rock 'n' roll has ever offered.  Wait, is that a fair assessment?  Well, why don't we let the album speak for itself!

Join me on Wednesday, January 14 at 8:30pm EST for the first "Album Night" of 2015 as we ring in the new year with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

See you then,
John

104 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Here's a few links about the album. Reading them has definitely gotten me eager to listen! http://www.thebeatles.com/album/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band http://www.beatlesfacts.org/2009/03/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band.html http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-20120531/the-beatles-sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-20120531
  • John T

    John T NY

    I want to offer a few opening comments and background before tonight's session. Sgt. Pepper has both musical and historical importance. We will get to the music after the needle drops so a few thoughts on the history and background since I was fortunate enough to experience it first hand when it was released in 1967. At that time the Beatles were going through a major metamorphosis. They had stopped touring and retreated into the studio in 1966 to record Revolver - an album with lots of experimentation, use of synthesizers and sound effects and studio sophistication. It was a radical departure from their earlier records for sure and signaled an evolutionary step forward in their artistic maturity/sophistication. They relied heavily on their producer, George Martin, to help them achieve their vision in the studio. Hearing Revolver today might not sound all that radical but at the time was considered quite a departure from the way records were made at that time. Everyone wondered what the Beatles would do next and they didn't disappoint wit the release of the double sided single "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever". These songs were recorded during the sessions that resulted in Sgt. Pepper and they were quite an omen of what was to come next. In my opinion those songs should have been included on the album and if they were it was added even more mystique and artistic impact. When Sgt. Pepper finally came out we all heard it as a concept album - the first of its kind - because of the theme of the band reintroducing themselves to their audience ("the band you've know for all these years") with the intro and reprise tying it together. Whether it was a concept album or not I will leave to you to decide but all of us back then saw it as one musical work as opposed to a collection of songs. This was supported by the flow one track into the other with no breaks or silence between the tracks. Not a big deal today but back then it was a first. It was also the first Beatle album that didn't have a different UK and US configuration which was typical back then. All I can say that we all spent a lot of time trying to decipher the meaning of the songs and what Paul & John were trying to tell us - especially with how the album ended ("Day in the Life"). No matter what you thought about any themes and concepts that the album contained the bottom line was that it was AND IS a fun album to listen to with lots of great songs that are still memorable even after all these years. A few concluding thoughts. Besides the record itself is the cover which is fascinating. At he time we all tried to identify all the people pictured behind the band - including the old Beatles themselves! It was a great parlor game so to speak and if you haven't already give it a try do yourself a favor and look at it closely. That plus the back cover - with Paul facing backwards - had people guessing why he would do that and what it meant. Finally I originally bought the album in mono (actually cheaper in those days) and have always thought it sounded better than the stereo version. I will be playing it in mono tonight for old time's sake. I hope we all enjoy listening to one the great albums of all time!

    I want to offer a few opening comments and background before tonight's session. Sgt. Pepper has both musical and historical importance. We will get to the music after the needle drops so a few thoughts on the history and background since I was fortunate enough to experience it first hand when it was released in 1967. At that time the Beatles were going through a major metamorphosis. They had stopped touring and retreated into the studio in 1966 to record Revolver - an album with lots of experimentation, use of synthesizers and sound effects and studio sophistication. It was a radical departure from their earlier records for sure and signaled an evolutionary step forward in their artistic maturity/sophistication. They relied heavily on their producer, George Martin, to help them achieve their vision in the studio. Hearing Revolver today might not sound all that radical but at the time was considered quite a departure from the way records were made at that time. Everyone wondered what the Beatles would do next and they didn't disappoint wit the release of the double sided single "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever". These songs were recorded during the sessions that resulted in Sgt. Pepper and they were quite an omen of what was to come next. In my opinion those songs should have been included on the album and if they were it was added even more mystique and artistic impact.

    When Sgt. Pepper finally came out we all heard it as a concept album - the first of its kind - because of the theme of the band reintroducing themselves to their audience ("the band you've know for all these years") with the intro and reprise tying it together. Whether it was a concept album or not I will leave to you to decide but all of us back then saw it as one musical work as opposed to a collection of songs. This was supported by the flow one track into the other with no breaks or silence between the tracks. Not a big deal today but back then it was a first.

    It was also the first Beatle album that didn't have a different UK and US configuration which was typical back then. All I can say that we all spent a lot of time trying to decipher the meaning of the songs and what Paul & John were trying to tell us - especially with how the album ended ("Day in the Life"). No matter what you thought about any themes and concepts that the album contained the bottom line was that it was AND IS a fun album to listen to with lots of great songs that are still memorable even after all these years.

    A few concluding thoughts. Besides the record itself is the cover which is fascinating. At he time we all tried to identify all the people pictured behind the band - including the old Beatles themselves! It was a great parlor game so to speak and if you haven't already give it a try do yourself a favor and look at it closely. That plus the back cover - with Paul facing backwards - had people guessing why he would do that and what it meant.

    Finally I originally bought the album in mono (actually cheaper in those days) and have always thought it sounded better than the stereo version. I will be playing it in mono tonight for old time's sake.

    I hope we all enjoy listening to one the great albums of all time!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Wow, John T, thank you very much for your comments! I definitely could not have done a better intro. I appreciate the time you took to help paint the portrait of the setting into which Sgt. Pepper was released. Often times, as in this case, a great album not only transcends time, but actually also holds a special significance in the time period in which it was released. Sgt. Pepper stands up as a great record today (which we'll once again be reminded of shortly), but also had such a significant role in representing the psychedelic era and the beginning off the "Summer of Love". But let me not get in over my head here. Thanks again John for your insightful words. I'm looking forward to getting started in about 40 minutes. I'll be listening in stereo but would one day like to do the mono vs stereo comparison for this album.

    Wow, John T, thank you very much for your comments! I definitely could not have done a better intro. I appreciate the time you took to help paint the portrait of the setting into which Sgt. Pepper was released. Often times, as in this case, a great album not only transcends time, but actually also holds a special significance in the time period in which it was released. Sgt. Pepper stands up as a great record today (which we'll once again be reminded of shortly), but also had such a significant role in representing the psychedelic era and the beginning off the "Summer of Love". But let me not get in over my head here. Thanks again John for your insightful words. I'm looking forward to getting started in about 40 minutes. I'll be listening in stereo but would one day like to do the mono vs stereo comparison for this album.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And now, without further ado, I'd like to welcome everyone to "Album Night"! I'm excited to start off a new year of great listening with this Beatles classic. Before we start, here's just one quick note to keep us all on the same page: Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own. Other than that, just sit back, listen to the music and post comments when you feel inspired or have something to share. If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to ask. Happy listening!

    And now, without further ado, I'd like to welcome everyone to "Album Night"! I'm excited to start off a new year of great listening with this Beatles classic. Before we start, here's just one quick note to keep us all on the same page:

    Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.

    Other than that, just sit back, listen to the music and post comments when you feel inspired or have something to share. If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to ask. Happy listening!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Btw, you can access the lyrics to the songs, if you want to follow along, by clicking on the appropriate titles on this page: http://www.thebeatles.com/album/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band Anyone here yet?

    Btw, you can access the lyrics to the songs, if you want to follow along, by clicking on the appropriate titles on this page:
    http://www.thebeatles.com/album/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band

    Anyone here yet?

  • Regina

    Regina Ossining

    Thanks so much for letting me know about this album night - I just hope I can keep up with you guys - I'm not a musician - I'm a fan - from the time I was 2 years old - 50 years now - of the Beatles - a life long - Beatles fanatic! I have "Let It Be" tattooed on one foot - and 4 stars for John, Paul, George and Ringo tattooed above that! I've been to numerous Paul and Ringo's concerts - I even had a dream fulfilled of seeing them perform together at Ringo's 70th birthday at Radio City. Their music built generations - changed the times and has endured decades and decades - but I've always felt that its also part of who I am - any experience in my life - any moment in my time - I can relate to one of their songs. And of course, I'm pretty sure the hippy side of me is a direct result of them! So - my part of the discussion will be from the fan side - hope you don't mind!!!!

    Thanks so much for letting me know about this album night - I just hope I can keep up with you guys - I'm not a musician - I'm a fan - from the time I was 2 years old - 50 years now - of the Beatles - a life long - Beatles fanatic! I have "Let It Be" tattooed on one foot - and 4 stars for John, Paul, George and Ringo tattooed above that! I've been to numerous Paul and Ringo's concerts - I even had a dream fulfilled of seeing them perform together at Ringo's 70th birthday at Radio City. Their music built generations - changed the times and has endured decades and decades - but I've always felt that its also part of who I am - any experience in my life - any moment in my time - I can relate to one of their songs. And of course, I'm pretty sure the hippy side of me is a direct result of them! So - my part of the discussion will be from the fan side - hope you don't mind!!!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi Regina. Thanks for joining and welcome aboard! You'll be a perfect fit. This event is for any lover of music. No musical ability is required at all. It's just a chance for lovers of music to get together and listen to some great albums together. And I'm glad we're starting off the new year with a favorite group of yours. Thanks for sharing your stories. It's great to know an avid Beatles fan is on board! I hope you enjoy tonight's event :)

    Hi Regina. Thanks for joining and welcome aboard! You'll be a perfect fit. This event is for any lover of music. No musical ability is required at all. It's just a chance for lovers of music to get together and listen to some great albums together.

    And I'm glad we're starting off the new year with a favorite group of yours. Thanks for sharing your stories. It's great to know an avid Beatles fan is on board! I hope you enjoy tonight's event smile

  • Louis

    Louis Pleasantville

    Hello all. Let me first introduce the 2 people who I highly regard for many things, including their knowledge of music history. One is Regina who I see has already joined with . Regina is a friend of mine and a co worker. My other reference was to John Tig who is my brother in law. Actually he is a history major as I recall, but has a music collection which is second to none. So thank you Regina for joining in. I hope John Tig will be joining us too.

    Hello all. Let me first introduce the 2 people who I highly regard for many things, including their knowledge of music history. One is Regina who I see has already joined with . Regina is a friend of mine and a co worker. My other reference was to John Tig who is my brother in law. Actually he is a history major as I recall, but has a music collection which is second to none. So thank you Regina for joining in. I hope John Tig will be joining us too.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    One more reminder in case you didn't see the note above: "Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own." We'll kick off in a couple of minutes at exactly 8:30. I'll put a comment out there to start things off

    One more reminder in case you didn't see the note above:

    "Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own."

    We'll kick off in a couple of minutes at exactly 8:30. I'll put a comment out there to start things off

  • Louis

    Louis Pleasantville

    By the way, I just ran in the door from work (retired life is wonderful!!). So I am trying to switch gears and get into the music mode. I think Sgt peppers shoujld make that adjustment fairly easy. In my opinion, one of the greatest revolutionary pieces of music created.

    By the way, I just ran in the door from work (retired life is wonderful!!). So I am trying to switch gears and get into the music mode. I think Sgt peppers shoujld make that adjustment fairly easy.
    In my opinion, one of the greatest revolutionary pieces of music created.

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Hey Everybody! All set to enjoy some good music! Almost time!

    Hey Everybody!

    All set to enjoy some good music! Almost time!

  • John T(ig)

    John T(ig) NY

    Thanks for the intro and kind words Louis. I am here and ready to go. And hi Regina. Thanks for joining.

    Thanks for the intro and kind words Louis. I am here and ready to go.

    And hi Regina. Thanks for joining.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' by The Beatles. Share your thoughts right here as you listen! Thanks to everyone who's joined. Anyone else out there?

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' by The Beatles. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    Thanks to everyone who's joined. Anyone else out there?

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Here we go! Love the Live feel the first two tracks have!

    Here we go! Love the Live feel the first two tracks have!

  • Regina

    Regina

    Hi All!!!!! This is just too cool!!!!

    Hi All!!!!! This is just too cool!!!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome Steve, Louis and John T, in addition to Regina. Glad to have everyone on board. The brass kicks in right away with the opening track. A hint of all the orchestration to come

    Welcome Steve, Louis and John T, in addition to Regina. Glad to have everyone on board.

    The brass kicks in right away with the opening track. A hint of all the orchestration to come

  • Louis

    Louis P

    Hi Regina , JohnT, John B, Steve and everyone else

    Hi Regina , JohnT, John B, Steve and everyone else

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Great memories with "A little Help From My Friends". Probably the first Beatles song I ever heard, discovered this record in pile of my mom's records with my younger brother when I was maybe nine or ten.

    Great memories with "A little Help From My Friends". Probably the first Beatles song I ever heard, discovered this record in pile of my mom's records with my younger brother when I was maybe nine or ten.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Awesome Steve. Are you listening to the mono or stereo version?

    Awesome Steve. Are you listening to the mono or stereo version?

  • John T

    John T NY

    A perfect intro - a live concert in the studio. Also such a smooth segue into Billy Shears. Ringo's highlight on the album.

    A perfect intro - a live concert in the studio. Also such a smooth segue into Billy Shears. Ringo's highlight on the album.

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Stereo!

    Stereo!

  • Regina

    Regina

    My friend Vernon gave me a great book last month - "The Beatles Lyrics" edited by Hunter Davies - it contains the behind the music stories of over 100 Beatles songs - all the Sgt. Pepper songs are in it - I've been studying it since I heard about album night!

    My friend Vernon gave me a great book last month - "The Beatles Lyrics" edited by Hunter Davies - it contains the behind the music stories of over 100 Beatles songs - all the Sgt. Pepper songs are in it - I've been studying it since I heard about album night!

  • Louis

    Louis

    I cant type fast enough to explain all the emotion, musical stuff, recollections etc that occur when I listen to this album. so excuse if some of my comments dont seem to flow seamlessly

    I cant type fast enough to explain all the emotion, musical stuff, recollections etc that occur when I listen to this album. so excuse if some of my comments dont seem to flow seamlessly

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Great bassline on "LSD"…asking just noticing now..never really heard it.

    Great bassline on "LSD"…asking just noticing now..never really heard it.

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    I mean, actually*** just noticing now

    I mean, actually*** just noticing now

  • Regina

    Regina

    I feel the same way, Lou. I get lost in some of the songs - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds being one!

    I feel the same way, Lou. I get lost in some of the songs - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds being one!

  • Steve S

    Steve S PLeasantville

    I know what you mean Louis.

    I know what you mean Louis.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Lucy has always been one of the more controversial songs on the album - supposedly the title referring to LSD. John maintains is a song for his son Julian. The song has always seemed innocent enough to me albeit with humorous imagery.

    Lucy has always been one of the more controversial songs on the album - supposedly the title referring to LSD. John maintains is a song for his son Julian. The song has always seemed innocent enough to me albeit with humorous imagery.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I've read reports of over 400 hours in the studio or over 700 hours in the studio to make this record. Either way, all the time certainly paid off! Nice time change from 3/4 to 4/4 in LSD (verse vs chorus)

    I've read reports of over 400 hours in the studio or over 700 hours in the studio to make this record. Either way, all the time certainly paid off! Nice time change from 3/4 to 4/4 in LSD (verse vs chorus)

  • Regina

    Regina

    John swore that Lucy was a school friend of his son Julian

    John swore that Lucy was a school friend of his son Julian

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I wish they hadn't used Getting Better in that commercial some years ago

    I wish they hadn't used Getting Better in that commercial some years ago

  • John T

    John T NY

    Getting Better always seemed a little out of place to me - the guitar riff so up front and metallic sounding. But irresistible.

    Getting Better always seemed a little out of place to me - the guitar riff so up front and metallic sounding. But irresistible.

  • Regina

    Regina

    John - I hate that they sold out to commercials - but SONY did that - not them!

    John - I hate that they sold out to commercials - but SONY did that - not them!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    btw, Regina, there's another great book called 'A Hard Days Write' that tells the story behind all the songs too.

    btw, Regina, there's another great book called 'A Hard Days Write' that tells the story behind all the songs too.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Didn't know that about Lucy Regina - thanks!

    Didn't know that about Lucy Regina - thanks!

  • Regina

    Regina

    Yes - her name was Lucy O'Donnell - Julian had some contact over the years with her - sadly she died about 5 years ago - and Julian was at her funeral.

    Yes - her name was Lucy O'Donnell - Julian had some contact over the years with her - sadly she died about 5 years ago - and Julian was at her funeral.

  • John T

    John T NY

    I have to make a confession - Fixing a Hole has always been my favorite track on the album. I especially like the way Paul's voice reaches for "and I still go". Perfect really.

    I have to make a confession - Fixing a Hole has always been my favorite track on the album. I especially like the way Paul's voice reaches for "and I still go". Perfect really.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    'Fixing A Hole'. More supposed drug reference, which is easily believable. Btw, John, I know what you mean about 'Getting Better' feeling a little out of place. It's almost too 'typical' for this album. Not that it's a bad song of course

    'Fixing A Hole'. More supposed drug reference, which is easily believable. Btw, John, I know what you mean about 'Getting Better' feeling a little out of place. It's almost too 'typical' for this album. Not that it's a bad song of course

  • Regina

    Regina

    Thanks - I will have to look that book up!

    Thanks - I will have to look that book up!

  • Louis

    Louis

    The great mystery, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", was all about LSD. Drugs, that was cool back then. But let me share a personal story. I had a band in high school. We used to play the high school dances. As competition heated up, we had to audition. It came down 2 bands. Mine (the East Coast Conference), no relation to football, and the McLean Avenue Fun house (we lived off McLean Ave YOnkers). I thought they were great. They did Lucy in the Sky. I figured we didnt have a chance. We did Lovely Rita. After the student council conferred, we got the selected for the dance. I must admit, they were better, but we had girlfriends on the student council!!! Well that's great memory of Lucy and Rita.

    The great mystery, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", was all about LSD. Drugs, that was cool back then.
    But let me share a personal story. I had a band in high school. We used to play the high school dances. As competition heated up, we had to audition. It came down 2 bands. Mine (the East Coast Conference), no relation to football, and the McLean Avenue Fun house (we lived off McLean Ave YOnkers). I thought they were great. They did Lucy in the Sky. I figured we didnt have a chance. We did Lovely Rita. After the student council conferred, we got the selected for the dance. I must admit, they were better, but we had girlfriends on the student council!!! Well that's great memory of Lucy and Rita.

  • Regina

    Regina

    She's leaving home - is my absolute favorite on this album. Genius poetry set to melody.

    She's leaving home - is my absolute favorite on this album. Genius poetry set to melody.

  • Steve S

    Steve S PLeasantville

    Cool strings on "Fixing a Hole"

    Cool strings on "Fixing a Hole"

  • John T

    John T NY

    She's Leaving Home always felt a little overdone but John's chorus gave it more emotional substance in my opinion.

    She's Leaving Home always felt a little overdone but John's chorus gave it more emotional substance in my opinion.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Interesting that you guys both did songs off Sgt Pepper. Great story

    Interesting that you guys both did songs off Sgt Pepper. Great story

  • Steve S

    Steve S PLeasantville

    I mean 'She's Leaving Home' haha, jeez, typing too fast

    I mean 'She's Leaving Home' haha, jeez, typing too fast

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine

    Hee

    Hee

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I like the backing vocals in response to Paul's lead ("Sacrificed most of our lives" and so forth) on She's Leaving Home

    I like the backing vocals in response to Paul's lead ("Sacrificed most of our lives" and so forth) on She's Leaving Home

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Love 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite'…Very haunting and carnival-like…cool stuff!

    Love 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite'…Very haunting and carnival-like…cool stuff!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hey Lorraine. Thanks for turning up. We just started "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!". Make sure to refresh your browser periodically to keep up to date

    Hey Lorraine. Thanks for turning up. We just started "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!". Make sure to refresh your browser periodically to keep up to date

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    'Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!' definitely has the most psychedelic feel thus far

    'Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!' definitely has the most psychedelic feel thus far

  • John T

    John T NY

    Mr. Kite keeps the mood of the upbeat and in the circus like atmosphere. But I absolutely love the synthesizers which were fairly innovative at the time. John's humor shinning through of course.

    Mr. Kite keeps the mood of the upbeat and in the circus like atmosphere. But I absolutely love the synthesizers which were fairly innovative at the time. John's humor shinning through of course.

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Yeah, time for some sitar! I have to say I usually skipped this track as a kid but I'm liking it now. Love the Indian drums and Sitar. George Harrison was definitely influenced by a lot of eastern music and this was around the time The Beatles went to India to study meditation.

    Yeah, time for some sitar! I have to say I usually skipped this track as a kid but I'm liking it now. Love the Indian drums and Sitar. George Harrison was definitely influenced by a lot of eastern music and this was around the time The Beatles went to India to study meditation.

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine

    All inspired by a real advertisement John had in his possession?

    All inspired by a real advertisement John had in his possession?

  • Regina

    Regina

    And it's only George - no other Beatle worked on this song - not lyrics, music - nothing. all George

    And it's only George - no other Beatle worked on this song - not lyrics, music - nothing. all George

  • Louis

    Louis

    I love she's leaving home too. I wonder what a young person today would think of this song. Not only musically, but the thought of someone leaving home. Back then, with catholic school, interrogation before a date with a girl and no one went away to college. So besides the musical genious, the lyrics depict the changing times. Anti establishment thinking, free love and "leaving home"!!

    I love she's leaving home too. I wonder what a young person today would think of this song. Not only musically, but the thought of someone leaving home. Back then, with catholic school, interrogation before a date with a girl and no one went away to college. So besides the musical genious, the lyrics depict the changing times. Anti establishment thinking, free love and "leaving home"!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yes, Lorraine. I think it was a circus poster from the late 1800's maybe?

    yes, Lorraine. I think it was a circus poster from the late 1800's maybe?

  • John T

    John T NY

    Within You....John & Paul gave George the chance to show off his recently learned sitar playing. Seems out of place next to Mr. Kite but it led off Side 2 which meant you had to flip the album over so the juxtaposition was not all that glaring when you listen on vinyl.

    Within You....John & Paul gave George the chance to show off his recently learned sitar playing. Seems out of place next to Mr. Kite but it led off Side 2 which meant you had to flip the album over so the juxtaposition was not all that glaring when you listen on vinyl.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I didn't realize no other Beatle played on "Within You Without You". Interesting fact Regina. Also interesting how loud the drums are in the mix (well, at least the 2009 stereo remaster version I have anyway). Very prominent

    I didn't realize no other Beatle played on "Within You Without You". Interesting fact Regina. Also interesting how loud the drums are in the mix (well, at least the 2009 stereo remaster version I have anyway). Very prominent

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    'When I'm sixty-four" has such charm! Always one of my favs…..Most of the boomers are that age now!

    'When I'm sixty-four" has such charm! Always one of my favs…..Most of the boomers are that age now!

  • John T

    John T NY

    Lots of great comments tonight. Regina you really have a tremendous amount of knowledge about the Beatles!!!

    Lots of great comments tonight. Regina you really have a tremendous amount of knowledge about the Beatles!!!

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine

    Nora Jones' dad written all over this one

    Nora Jones' dad written all over this one

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hey Joe. Great to have you aboard too. Does that meaning you'll be in the market for a sitar soon? :)

    Hey Joe. Great to have you aboard too. Does that meaning you'll be in the market for a sitar soon? smile

  • John T

    John T NY

    Louis Lovely Rita must have been a hard song to play live. I wish I was there to hear the band do it!

    Louis Lovely Rita must have been a hard song to play live. I wish I was there to hear the band do it!

  • Louis

    Louis

    Another great bassline. who else could write such a great song about a meter maid??

    Another great bassline. who else could write such a great song about a meter maid??

  • Regina

    Regina

    Thank you - I've just always loved them - can't think of a day that they haven't been in my life - radio, tv, albums, cds' concerts, clouds, books - just always been a part of my life! Hey - Lou - I can't believe your band played this song - really provocative at the time!

    Thank you - I've just always loved them - can't think of a day that they haven't been in my life - radio, tv, albums, cds' concerts, clouds, books - just always been a part of my life!
    Hey - Lou - I can't believe your band played this song - really provocative at the time!

  • Louis

    Louis

    John, you are very perceptive. It was hard to play live, including sounds we had to mimick vocally

    John, you are very perceptive. It was hard to play live, including sounds we had to mimick vocally

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, a very active bass line too. i started to write a song about a meter maid. not because i liked her though. it was because she was giving me too many stinking tickets!

    yeah, a very active bass line too. i started to write a song about a meter maid. not because i liked her though. it was because she was giving me too many stinking tickets!

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine

    Rita, that's me mum's name..haha

    Rita, that's me mum's name..haha

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    i love the old stereo records from the 4-track days where they have the drums panned all the way to one side. nowadays the drums are always down the middle

    i love the old stereo records from the 4-track days where they have the drums panned all the way to one side. nowadays the drums are always down the middle

  • Louis

    Louis

    I presume that is George Harrison who does the lead guitar break on good morning. It's awesome.

    I presume that is George Harrison who does the lead guitar break on good morning. It's awesome.

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine

    I always thought you could learn bass just by listening to the Beatles

    I always thought you could learn bass just by listening to the Beatles

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    and now the reprise. not sure if we're all roughly in the same place still

    and now the reprise. not sure if we're all roughly in the same place still

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    does anyone know why this didn't close the album?

    does anyone know why this didn't close the album?

  • John T

    John T NY

    John saying "Bye" at the beginning of the reprise always brought a smile to my face. He was at his sarcastic best on Good Morning Good Morning.

    John saying "Bye" at the beginning of the reprise always brought a smile to my face. He was at his sarcastic best on Good Morning Good Morning.

  • Regina

    Regina

    What other band could have so many different sounds - so many different types and styles of songs/music - only be together for really only 7 years (during their Beatlemania stage) and still have their music last over 50 years? Hard to name a band from recent times that will have that longevity.

    What other band could have so many different sounds - so many different types and styles of songs/music - only be together for really only 7 years (during their Beatlemania stage) and still have their music last over 50 years? Hard to name a band from recent times that will have that longevity.

  • Louis

    Louis

    Good Morning,,,Can anyone tell me. Was there any other popular album at the time that had roosters, dogs, chickens and considered a Great song!! This is the genius, creativity and what makes them the one and only Beatles!!!

    Good Morning,,,Can anyone tell me. Was there any other popular album at the time that had roosters, dogs, chickens and considered a Great song!! This is the genius, creativity and what makes them the one and only Beatles!!!

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    And now for, in my opinion, the best song of the album. Great lyrics, great melody. This song was actually two songs, one by Paul and one by John that they mashed together.

    And now for, in my opinion, the best song of the album. Great lyrics, great melody. This song was actually two songs, one by Paul and one by John that they mashed together.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "A Day In The Life" is my favorite track on the album

    "A Day In The Life" is my favorite track on the album

  • Steve S

    Steve S PLeasantville

    The later part is by Paul

    The later part is by Paul

  • John T

    John T NY

    Good question John. I think Day in the Life was too heavy for the overall atmosphere of the rest of the album. It was like the Beatles saying we had our fun but now let's get back to making a serious statement.

    Good question John. I think Day in the Life was too heavy for the overall atmosphere of the rest of the album. It was like the Beatles saying we had our fun but now let's get back to making a serious statement.

  • Regina

    Regina

    The reprise of Sgt Pepper tells us we "are getting very near the end" ..... with that they end with a shattering A Day in the Life. It was done deliberately .

    The reprise of Sgt Pepper tells us we "are getting very near the end" ..... with that they end with a shattering A Day in the Life. It was done deliberately .

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Louis, maybe Pet Sounds had animals on it? I can't remember though

    Louis, maybe Pet Sounds had animals on it? I can't remember though

  • John T

    John T NY

    ...plus and I hesitate to bring this up but "he blew his mind out in a car" together with Paul facing backward on the back cover ignited the whole Paul is Dead thing. Hard to believe but you had to be there.

    ...plus and I hesitate to bring this up but "he blew his mind out in a car" together with Paul facing backward on the back cover ignited the whole Paul is Dead thing. Hard to believe but you had to be there.

  • Louis

    Louis

    Loved all your comments!! this was great. Now for a glass of wine (or 2) and a replay.

    Loved all your comments!! this was great. Now for a glass of wine (or 2) and a replay.

  • Steve S

    Steve S Pleasantville

    Love the last chord on A Day in the Life! Wow, another great album night. Hope everyone has as much fun as I did!

    Love the last chord on A Day in the Life! Wow, another great album night. Hope everyone has as much fun as I did!

  • Regina

    Regina

    A Day in the life "ends with the chord heard around the world endlessly - just like the Beatles"

    A Day in the life "ends with the chord heard around the world endlessly - just like the Beatles"

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    A couple of closing notes, though I'm happy to keep talking about the album even though it's ended: 1. Cast a quick vote on the way out on the main "Album Night" page (thumbs up or thumbs down for the album (http://johnbanrock.com/album-night) 2. "Album Night" will return in two weeks on Wednesday, January 28 at 9pm with John Prine's self titled debut. Please note that we are moving back to a 9pm start time. 'John Prine' was released only 4 years after Sgt Pepper but is drastically different. I hope you can join me in listening to this decidedly different, but still superb, gem.

    A couple of closing notes, though I'm happy to keep talking about the album even though it's ended:

    1. Cast a quick vote on the way out on the main "Album Night" page (thumbs up or thumbs down for the album (http://johnbanrock.com/album-night)

    2. "Album Night" will return in two weeks on Wednesday, January 28 at 9pm with John Prine's self titled debut. Please note that we are moving back to a 9pm start time. 'John Prine' was released only 4 years after Sgt Pepper but is drastically different. I hope you can join me in listening to this decidedly different, but still superb, gem.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Wow can't believe it's over so quickly. You'd think after all these years there would be some outakes and alternate tracks we could listen to. It leaves us with wanting to listen to so much more.

    Wow can't believe it's over so quickly. You'd think after all these years there would be some outakes and alternate tracks we could listen to. It leaves us with wanting to listen to so much more.

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine

    4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire--meaning a-holes

    4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire--meaning a-holes

  • John T

    John T T

    I am with you Louis - some wine and another spin!!

    I am with you Louis - some wine and another spin!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And thank you to everyone who showed up tonight. John T, Regina, Louis, Steve, Lorraine and Joe! Without you all showing up it wouldn't have been the magical "Album Night" that it was. I hope you all will come back for future "Album Nights"!

    And thank you to everyone who showed up tonight. John T, Regina, Louis, Steve, Lorraine and Joe! Without you all showing up it wouldn't have been the magical "Album Night" that it was. I hope you all will come back for future "Album Nights"!

  • Regina

    Regina

    I'm still catching up on all the posts! Thank you so much for a great time! Hope you don't mind if I join you again! It was wonderful!

    I'm still catching up on all the posts! Thank you so much for a great time! Hope you don't mind if I join you again! It was wonderful!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    John T- here's a somewhat interesting outtake (though not really). It's the vocal track only for "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise) ". It's pretty interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9cRoMjlrD8

    John T- here's a somewhat interesting outtake (though not really). It's the vocal track only for "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise) ". It's pretty interesting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9cRoMjlrD8

  • Louis

    Louis

    Regina, glad you made it!!!

    Regina, glad you made it!!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks Regina! I would love to have you come back for more "Album Nights". Invite your friends too. John Prine will be a dramatic departure from Sgt Pepper, but is still a great album in my mind

    Thanks Regina! I would love to have you come back for more "Album Nights". Invite your friends too. John Prine will be a dramatic departure from Sgt Pepper, but is still a great album in my mind

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    As a musician, I would have to say that listening to this record was a humbling experience. At the same time it's an inspiration too! It really illustrates the point that you have to go outside the proverbial box to make something that is truly amazing. Back to the drawing board... :)

    As a musician, I would have to say that listening to this record was a humbling experience. At the same time it's an inspiration too! It really illustrates the point that you have to go outside the proverbial box to make something that is truly amazing. Back to the drawing board... smile

  • Regina

    Regina

    I love all music - live a breathe it - actually - these days I'm more Indie - but I will listen to and I appreciate all music! I look forward to coming back!

    I love all music - live a breathe it - actually - these days I'm more Indie - but I will listen to and I appreciate all music! I look forward to coming back!

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine

    More Women J, don't forget = :)

    More Women J, don't forget = smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Great Regina. I look forward to seeing you back in two weeks. If you have any albums you want to suggest, feel free! Thanks again to everyone showing up. And thanks to The Beatles for making a great album and changing the history of recorded music!

    Great Regina. I look forward to seeing you back in two weeks. If you have any albums you want to suggest, feel free!

    Thanks again to everyone showing up. And thanks to The Beatles for making a great album and changing the history of recorded music!

  • Louis

    Louis

    John, That's a great point. And anyone who has ever written music knows how hard it is to push the limits of creativity into something truly different, but not so different that it's not appreciated, understood or liked.

    John, That's a great point. And anyone who has ever written music knows how hard it is to push the limits of creativity into something truly different, but not so different that it's not appreciated, understood or liked.

  • Regina

    Regina

    Just downloaded John Prine's album to my amazon cloud - I'm all set for the 28th!!! Thanks again! have a great night!!!

    Just downloaded John Prine's album to my amazon cloud - I'm all set for the 28th!!! Thanks again! have a great night!!!

  • Bobby 'C' Corcione

    Bobby 'C' Corcione Wild Sound Studios - Seaville - NJ

    I have been listening to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album ever since I purchased a new copy for myself upon its release in June of 1967...It always has a brand new sound and every time is a different experience...! P.S. I still have my original Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in my vinyl collection...! Nice choice John for your 'Album Night' tonight...! Cheers...!

    I have been listening to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album ever since I purchased a new copy for myself upon its release in June of 1967...It always has a brand new sound and every time is a different experience...!

    P.S. I still have my original Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in my vinyl collection...!

    Nice choice John for your 'Album Night' tonight...!

    Cheers...!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Great news Regina! I'll see you on the 28th Thanks for showing up Bobby! It's amazing to still have that vinyl from '67. It's another great thing about vinyl. CD's will never have that same feel. And downloaded mp3's. Well, not much we can say about them. Digital files, by definition, will obviously never have any physical character to them. And yes Lorraine, we will get to more female artists. So far only Liz Phair bas been featured but Joni Mitchell is lurking out there on the short list

    Great news Regina! I'll see you on the 28th

    Thanks for showing up Bobby! It's amazing to still have that vinyl from '67. It's another great thing about vinyl. CD's will never have that same feel. And downloaded mp3's. Well, not much we can say about them. Digital files, by definition, will obviously never have any physical character to them.

    And yes Lorraine, we will get to more female artists. So far only Liz Phair bas been featured but Joni Mitchell is lurking out there on the short list

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    After listening to the album, the results of the poll was 100% "thumbs up". Not a surprise for this classic. Thanks to everyone who attended and voted!

    After listening to the album, the results of the poll was 100% "thumbs up". Not a surprise for this classic. Thanks to everyone who attended and voted!

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